Governor’s Group Holds Listening Session for Seniors on Cape Cod

HYANNIS –Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging group held a listening session at the Barnstable Senior Center on Tuesday.

The event was held so that members could hear ideas about how to make the Commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.

The group also wanted to hear about the top two issues or concerns that create barriers to people being able to age well and how they can support families that include one or more older adults.

As they travel throughout the state, council members hear that transportation is one of the biggest issues facing seniors.

“All the senior centers all have busses and transportation, but what these people need is transportation to their own doctor’s appointment, to their eye doctor’s appointment, and those of course are individual transportation,” said council member Eileen Connors.

The council is tasked with bring back the issues from the senior citizens and to prioritize them so that the Governor will know what to spend state funding on.

For Cape Codders, those issues range from being isolated in towns like Provincetown, to affordable housing and the rising costs of medical care.

The crowd at the Barnstable Senior Center was the largest the group has encountered so far in their visits around the state.

“We had a lot of politicians, we had care givers, we had people in the business, but most importantly we had the senior citizens come,” said Connors.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS and MATT MCCARTHY, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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